Konnichiwa-! Hellooooo!! This is Shikamai

Actually It is been 3 years since I worked for Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro. Surely time flies.
I heve seen so many lovely guests from around the world, and they gave me happy moments a lot .
That's why I could keep up the work here.


Well today let me show you our lovely guests who I met recently !

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Posted by: shikamai (February 11, 2018 7:29 PM) | Permalink

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Valentine's Day is celebrated on February 14. It is a festival of romantic love and many people give cards, letters, flowers or presents to their spouse or partner. They may also arrange a romantic meal in a restaurant or night in a hotel. Common symbols of Valentine's Day are hearts, red roses and Cupid.



While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial-which probably occurred around A.D. 270-others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat's hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.


Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed--as it was deemed "un-Christian"-at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine's Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the?Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.


In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the "Mother of the Valentine," made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap." Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for?Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

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Posted by: Leo (February 10, 2018 11:22 AM) | Permalink

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Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro Morning buffet : 350yen

  • Price 350yen(Tax included)
  • Open 4:30am - 11:00am
  • Toast(Jam and Margarine) Daily soup, coffee and tea

Anyone can use this service.

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Posted by: ai (February 8, 2018 10:19 AM) | Permalink

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Hey guys!
This is Kou from sakura Hotel Ikebukuro.
I went to Mori museum in Roppongi for the exhibition.

The exhibition is about optical illusions and sound effects to shake up your notions of common sense.
It was very interesting and also kinda mysterious experience.

The artist "Leandro Erlich" is from Argentina and one of his work "The swimming pool" is famous in Japan.
This exhibition make me thinking what you see in your daily life could be very interesting if you change your point of view.
I really recommend this exhibition so if you curious please visit there :)

The museum placed in 53rd floor in Roppongi Hills.
You can also watching beautiful panorama from there.
The view was needless to say,amazing!!


Posted by: trainee (February 6, 2018 4:45 PM) | Permalink

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Hello everyone!
We had a setsubun event 2 days ago at Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro.


Setsubun celebrated?annually on February 3rd, is a traditional event the beginning of spring, according to the Japanese calendar.

It is not a national holiday, Setsubun is celebrated in Japan.

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Posted by: Nanami (February 5, 2018 7:56 PM) | Permalink

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Hello together.
Today I want to write about Japanese sweets .
So if you're hungry, it's better to stop reading here!:P
Here we go.

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Posted by: chikako (February 4, 2018 1:43 PM) | Permalink

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Hello, It's Sumire!

I went to Okayama prefecture a month ago.

I apologize that I posted about Oyakama (PEF) once before.

But I went somewhere else this time.


Do you know where it is?

Okayama is in the southern part of Japan's Honshu island and known for Momotaro( Peach Boy).

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Posted by: Sumire (February 4, 2018 12:00 PM) | Permalink

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Hello, everyone!

We have opened Yomoda soba in NAGOYA!!!!!

I've been to Nagoya and found yomoda soba!!!!

There were many people in a line.

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Posted by: Nanami (February 2, 2018 3:47 PM) | Permalink

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Hey guys!

This is Kou from Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro.

In our cafe, we have world beer and we got imported beer from all over the world!!

Today,I would like to introduce one of my favorite beer! :)

If you notice this mascot from this beer,I'm pretty sure you are big fan of rock music! ;)

This is the beer from a british metal band called "Iron Maiden".

And the?mascot on this beer is this band's mascot and you can see him everywhere in their CD's and shows etc...

The beer name is called "Trooper" which is one of most famous song of this band!

They also have limited edition beer.

In hatagaya branch,we used to sell the limited edition beer called "Red'N Black" too!

Either you know this band or not, this beer is very tasty and easy to drink!

And I also recommed to listen Iron maiden's song whilke drinking this beer!


Posted by: trainee (February 1, 2018 4:00 PM) | Permalink

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Efectivamente ya no sé que poner en los títulos. Sin más dilación vamos a pasar a los fotos que he tomado durantes estos últimos siete días.

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En la última entrada escribí sobre la nevada que cayó en Tokio (para verla pinchar aquí), dejó de nevar por la noche y a la mañana siguiente tuvimos un cielo muy despejado.

Al final pongo algunas otras fotos de la nieve en Tokio. Por cierto, quizá el viernes por la noches volverá a nevar en Tokio de nuevo.


Estuve en un restaurante de Kusiage, brochetas rebozadas y fritas.
Conforme el chef las va friendo te las van sacando poco a poco recien hechas.

Para comenzar me sacaron estas cuatro, acompañado de algas Mozuku, sopa de miso, verduritas encurtidas con barra libre de repollo y otras verduras y té.

Este es un plato típico de Osaka aunque actualmente se puede comer en cualquier parte de Japón.

Por cierto, este restaurante se llama Hageten y hay varios en Tokio, de hecho en Ikebukuro creo que hay tres.

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Posted by: Manuel (January 31, 2018 6:52 AM) | Permalink

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